Terry Southern was a Beat writer; highly regarded for his satirical essays and books; which include “The Magic Christian” (1959); Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes; (1967); and Blue Movie (1970).; He penned the screenplay for Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella” (1967) and contributed writing for “The Loved One” (1965) and “Casino Royale” (1967).; Southern’s dark absurdist style helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of writers; readers; directors; and filmgoers.; In the 1980s he wrote for “Saturday Night Live.”
Southern collaborated with Kubrick on “Dr. Strangelove; ” providing much of the memorable dialogue. Their adapted screenplay received an Academy Award nomination. Southern was also nominated for best adapted screenplay for “Easy Rider” in 1969. He received additional nominations and awards from the WGA. BAFTA, and the Gotham Awards.
He was born on May 1, 1924, in Alvarado, Texas, and died on October 29, 1995.